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Don’t Miss This Friday’s Blue Moon
Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by eNature
Blue Moon in December, 2009
Blue Moon in December, 2009
© Codybird

Be sure to look up and take in the “Blue Moon” on Friday night.

While the moon actually won’t be colored blue, it is an unusual sight—but more for reasons of timing than appearance.

Blue moons occur when there’s a second full moon in the same calendar month.  While they’re quite predictable, we only see them every year or three.  After Friday’s, we won’t see another until January 2018.

It’s All In The Timing

Blue moons arise because a lunar month, the time it takes for the moon to orbit the Earth, is a bit shorter than most of our terrestrial calendar months—29 days 12 hours 44 minutes and 3 seconds to be exact.  So most years have twelve full moons that occur approximately once per month.  But those extra days accumulate, so every two or three years, there is a 13th full moon.

 

 

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Mother Nature has given us so many beautiful things to enjoy. I am in awe of her generosity and always make a point of not taking her gifts for granted. Her power is beyond us and limitless, we should never underestimate her.

Posted by MANDY BINGHAM on 7/31

This may be a bit off topic, but am I the only one who is irritated by the mindless repetition of Oprah or some other “celebriy” in a 3 second video on so many pages including this one - I support several nature and conservation causes with money and memberships but none that have that trash -

Posted by Roland Friestad on 7/31

The rarer and true “blue moon” occurs in a 30-day month such as the months of April, June, September or November.

Posted by James F. Storey on 7/31

I totally agree with Roland’s posting. That short video of the ghastly fat woman panting turns my stomach every time I run into it. Why is it on your site???? GROSS.

Posted by Vivian Hatch on 7/31

What a beautiful very very very bright moon tonight.

Posted by charlotte on 7/31

Just spent the evening with my 2 best girlfriends sitting in the garden watching the gorgeous moon rise and just light the night all around us- how perfect the natural world can be !! And a bottle of chardonnay makes this summer night in Maine even better!

Posted by Maggie on 7/31

Wish I could be there with you Maggie, Maine is such a beautiful State. I am in Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia. Tonight’s Blue Moon reminds me of the movie “American Werewolf In London” with the song “Blue Moon” by the Marcels. Also the same song by Bobby Vinton, in the same movie.

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What would be the Native American name for this moon?

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